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In Focus
2 September 2005
Broadening access to knowledge: from book to hypertext

Long the preserve of the privileged few, knowledge has been gaining ground in the public arena: to books, which up to now were the perfect tool of knowledge and interchange, are added the latest communication technologies that many see as new paths to development. The aim, however, is to replace a society that amasses mountains of information by another that allies a critical approach with free and fair distribution of knowledge.


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News and Events

UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2005 Seoul (Republic of Korea)
01 - 14 09 2005 Ongoing call for participation to the UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2005 (UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts - New Technology category) on the theme “City and creative media”.

UNESCO Stand at the « Maison & Objet » Trade Fair Villepinte Paris-Nord (France)
02 - 06 09 2005 Exhibition of the works by the UNESCO Crafts Prize winners 2004-2005 and the FabDesign contest laureates at the “Maison & Objet" Trade Fair - the most well known fair in the world for home decoration.
Networking activities in Digital Arts for Africa Linz (Austria)
04 - 05 09 2005 Workshop organized in the framework of the Festival Ars Electronica 2005 in support of regional networks that can serve as platforms for debate on creative digital content and trans-disciplinary activities in the domain of ICTs and creative industries.
Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture Paris (France)
05 - 06 09 2005 The International Jury Meeting of the Sharjah Prize will be held to reward the efforts of a national of an Arab Country and a national of any other country who have contributed, through their artistic, intellectual or promotional work, to the development and diffusion of Arab culture in the world.
Developing Tourism and Protecting Cultural Heritage Rome (Italy)
05 - 06 09 2005 International workshop gathering tourism professionals from the most visited countries to reach out to tourists across the world with a message which will encourage respectful behavior and active engagement in preserving both cultural and natural environment.
Potential Themes for Serial and Transboundary Cultural Heritage Sites in the PacificPort Vila (Vanuatu)
05 - 08 09 2005 Regional workshop proposed within the framework of the World Heritage - Pacific 2009 Programme to assist the Pacific Island countries in developing their own Tentative Lists.

Fight Against the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property in Asia-Pacific Region New Delhi (India)
05 09 2005 - 08 09 2005 Information and awareness raising workshop aiming at the Member States ratification of the main legal instruments for cultural heritage.

Rock Art: Conservation, Presentation and Development of World Heritage Les Eyzies-de-Tayac (France)
05 - 09 09 2005 This International Conference will bring together a range of international experts in Prehistory to address common conservation needs and to develop recommendations for future international collaboration.
HERMES Project Symposium II “Practical Aspects of Heritage” Kraków (Poland)
06 - 08 09 2005 Cultural monuments are preserved by means of enhanced perception and presentation, which simultaneously helps to strengthen regional development, inter alia by installing enterprises in historical buildings and promoting tourism.
2005 Melina Mercouri International Prize Paris (France)
07 09 2005 The Director-General of UNESCO will present the Melina Mercouri Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes (UNESCO-Greece) to the historic village of Maymand (Islamic Republic of Iran).
Partnerships on the Move, and Creative Cities Workshop Paris (France)
12 - 13 09 2005 The Global Alliance was launched in 2002 and works to strengthen cultural industries through partnerships between public, private and civil society sectors. The purpose of this conference is to take stock of achievements to date, to gain a better understanding of the particular modalities of Alliance projects.
Standards for Socio-Cultural Research on HIV/AIDS and Trafficking Bangkok (Thailand)
19 - 21 09 2005 In view of the substantial gaps which exist in the quantity, quality and use of socio-cultural research in both HIV/AIDS and trafficking in Asia and Pacific, this regional workshop is organized in order to suggest ways to move forward.
Workshop for Authors, Illustrators and Publishers of Children’s Books Dakar (Senegal)
19 - 28 09 2005 This workshop, held in Dakar, will bring the major actors in the production of children’s books together for a discussion on problems facing children’s books and will produce a fully illustrated manuscript of an original children’s story ready for publication.
14th Forum on Cultural Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean Caracas (Venezuela)
28 09 2005 - 29 09 2005 Ministers of culture and officials in charge of cultural policies from 33 countries in the region will attend this Forum to discuss issues of mutual interest. The Forum constitutes a space of reflection by excellence for the highest governmental echelons of the region in the field of culture, as it is the only body that gathers all the countries from Latin America and the Caribbean.
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